landscaping

Common Issues Faced When Designing Your Garden

When you drive past your home you want it to look like a perfect landscape painting. It should be inviting and show who you – or your family – are. No one likes pulling up to their front garden and seeing overgrown grass or weeds taller than the trees. It doesn’t matter what type of garden and landscape you have. From a modern house to a smaller cottage, it needs to look appealing from the outside. Simply adding some beach coastal furniture to the front porch could make a huge difference, for example.  A well-designed garden landscape will display your style while perfectly fitting into the natural surroundings. So please, don’t make your garden an eyesore for the many passers-by. 

Problems within Landscape Design

One common mistake many people make is that they use too many common plants. There are over 400,000 species of plants that flower in the world, yet too many people doing their gardening tend to use the same plants as the other houses on the same street. With so many varieties available, try to find something different and unique. Incorporating some unique flowers or plants is an easy way to create a beautiful garden that is no longer boring and unnatural-looking.

Incorrect soil and site for the plants

If you are placing Hostas around the bottom of your trees and yews planted on the shadier side of your home, that means you probably have some knowledge of what plants go where. A common mistake when it comes to landscaping is placing the plants in places that don’t suit their specific needs. For example, plants that need full sun and are planted in the shade can not flower. Instead, they will most likely die off by the end of the day. Most plants come with tags that explain where they should be placed in the yard (and what soil conditions they need). If you don’t understand what the tags mean or if the tag isn’t there, ask your local nursery to give you some information on placement and care. Some plants require hardly any watering (like cactus), yet other plants – like hydrangeas – thrive on a lot of water.

Plants that are too big or small

You need to take into consideration the size of the plants. Plant nurseries and garden centres will have young plants that look compact and small – often called tube stock. But you have to remember that in a few years, the plant might reach the size of your house! You don’t want to be planting a monstrous plant in front of a window, walkway or eco outdoor furniture. Another mistake people tend to make is when they plant the new plants, they look small and the garden looks bare so they may end up planting more to make it look better, but when they grow, the whole area can look overcrowded. If your plants are overcrowded, then they may not get the sunlight or water they need, and end up dying.

Garden beds don’t work with the surroundings

Another mistake that I see quite often is when the landscaping does not fit the style of the home. Or the different elements are out of place. Modern homes look good with bold and geometric shapes and huge garden beds. This style, however, would not look good in the yard of an old Victorian home.

A well-designed landscape will give your home the right curb appeal and draw attention to it with few complaints. Depending on how you design your garden, you can also make smaller ones appear bigger (for example, by having grass frame narrow beds of plants and flowers). 

Play around with a few ideas and check sites like Pinterest that have some great ideas and inspiration to get your mind into creative mode. 

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